Done deal: Townsend joined Newcastle from Tottenham in January

By Dominic Toner

Andros Townsend has revealed on Twitter he is looking forward to returning to White Hart Lane for the first time since his transfer from Tottenham.

Spurs host Crystal Palace on Saturday in the Premier League and the England international is set to line up against his former club.

Townsend, 25, joined Palace in a £13million deal at the end of June from Newcastle after the Londoners activated the player’s buy-out clause, just six months after he had moved to St James’ Park from his boyhood club.

Spurs will be looking for their first three points of the season after earning a 1-1 draw against Everton in the opening round of league fixtures.

Townsend explained on his personal Twitter account that he is excited to return to White Hart Lane on Saturday for Premier League clash.

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Midfielder Townsend came through the Spurs academy system to earn his first professional contract in 2008.

Much of Townsend’s seven and a half years at Spurs following that were spent away from White Hart Lane on loan, before he was sold to Newcastle in January for £13million.

Winger Townsend emerged as a key figure in Newcastle’s survival bid under Benitez and his record of four goals in 13 Premier League games for the club was enough to earn him a place in England’s provisional 26-man squad for Euro 2016.

In other Tottenham team news, Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that two fringe players will start against Palace.